Catching breakers is one of our favourite summer pastimes and, right now, we’re yearning to paddle out with the best of ‘em…. Don’t tell us autumn’s just around the corner – from a local’s haven on the Long Island shore to coastal Pacific hotspots, we know plenty of spots for a late-summer surfing getaway for beginners and experts alike. Pack your gear or rent a board and embrace the surf culture – chill out, work on your golden tan and hang 10.
The Surf Lodge Montauk, New York
Past the Hamptons, at the far edge of Long Island, the Surf Lodge capitalizes on its location both for its laid-back, surfer-cool atmosphere, but also to attract surf fanatics – beginners can get some one-on-one time on the waves with resident pro Dustin Franks.
Tower23 San Diego, California
We expect two things to be in a beachfront SoCal hotel’s backyard: unobstructed ocean views and some of the world’s best surfing. Tower23 has both, and the latter includes the San Diego Surfing School, making it incredibly easy to book a lesson and catch a wave.
The Modern Honolulu, Hawaii
Considering the myriad surf schools here, it’s hard not to believe everyone in Hawaii surfs. Take your pick between a lesson away from the crowds with Hans Hedemann Surf School or an all-day journey including a jeep ride, hiking, and surfing with Ty Gurney’s Surf School. For an extra adventure, drive down the coast to learn to surf from professional firefighters at the Hawaiian Fire Surf School.
Harmony Hotel Costa Rica
Surf the swells in Playa Guiones, one of Costa Rica’s most picturesque beaches, which happens to be just outside the hotel’s front door. The temperate ocean’s long breaks are perfect for newcomers; you’ll have time to set, stand up and ride with the help of the hotel’s expert instructors.
Oxygen Jungle Villas Costa Rica
Not your first rodeo on the waves? More experienced surfers might be familiar with the breakers at Dominical, a renowned Costa Rican surf spot about a half-hour drive from the hotel. Dominical Surf Adventures offers two-hour lessons for all levels, as well as a multi-day surf camp.
Victoria’s at Wategos Byron Bay, Australia
In surfer town Byron Bay, you’d be hard-pressed not to go surfing. We especially love Victoria’s for its location; you’re steps away from Wategos Beach where the hotel can arrange private lessons and after a grueling day in the water the luxe accommodations will be calling your name.
by Jennifer Trattler